Elke Mountain Lodge is a breathtaking retreat that rests on over 82 acres in the spectacular Castle Creek Valley, West Aspen, Colorado. This compound consists of several parcels which are separately available for purchase. Its rustic yet refined decor is in complete harmony with its magical, natural surroundings. Explore the unfettered wilderness or simply relax at the edge of two serene trout ponds.
This alpine inspired estate is perfect as a corporate retreat or for a family wanting it all. There is no other property that exists in the Aspen Valley, much less the U.S, that can compare to Elk Mountain Lodge. The property as a whole consists of 4 distinct parcels with a total of 82.6 acres. 12 buildings including the 14,987 sq ft main lodge, 3 additional single family homes.
At Aspen Mountain you can ski down the same runs that hosted World Cup finals, ride through gladed powder stashes, chase after the snowcat-towed Oasis Champagne Bar, or put together one quad-burning top-to-bottom after another. And all of this is just steps away from downtown Aspen. No wonder this mountain is a legend.
Originally inhabited by the Ute Indians, Aspen became a silver-mining town during the mining boom of the late 1800s. Following the devaluation of silver, Aspen experienced a cultural renaissance in the 1940s with the arrival of Walter and Elizabeth Paepcke. The Paepckes brought a vision for the community that focused on the mind, body and spirit, called “The Aspen Idea.” This idea drives the character of Aspen.
Aspen lives up to its winter reputation. Four ski mountains make up the terrain for the world-renowned Aspen Snowmass resort. Aspen Mountain, locally referred to as Ajax, rises up directly from downtown, bringing a whole new meaning to ski-in/ski-out. Buttermilk Mountain, home of the Aspen X Games, is a kids’ and beginners’ paradise.
Aspen Highlands boasts the legendary Highland Bowl, and Snowmass offers the largest acreage and diversity by having something for everyone. Aspen’s beautiful scenery and open space also lends itself well to other types of winter recreation. Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, fly-fishing and even hot-air ballooning are some of them. After a hard day of play enjoy Aspen’s legendary après ski scene, or head out for dinner at one of our world-class restaurants. Top off the night by enjoying a show at Belly Up, Aspen’s 500-person live music venue featuring renowned artists. Aspen’s big-city cultural institutions, well known for their summer programming, have plenty of events throughout the winter months as well, leaving you inspired.
“I came to Aspen for the winter, but stayed for the summer,” is what many locals respond about the years they have lived here. Indeed, summer offers even more opportunities for outdoor recreation than winter. Whatever your outdoor tastes are, you will find something to excite you. The rafting, hiking, biking, rock-climbing, fishing, golf, horseback riding, hot-air ballooning and paragliding combined with the fresh air and gorgeous natural surroundings create the perfect place to get outside and explore, all within steps of downtown. Summertime also boasts an events calendar that can rival any major city. The quality of programming from Aspen’s diverse arts and cultural institutions is a big draw for visitors throughout the summer. The Aspen Music Festival & School puts on an impressive 300+ event program from June through August,
The Aspen Institute hosts signature programming such as the Ideas Festival & Security Forum on the idyllic Herbert Bayer-inspired campus, and Theatre Aspen’s summer repertory features Broadway stars in an intimate theater in the park. For lunch and dinner, relax on the patio of one the delicious restaurants. You can also stroll through downtown enjoying the quintessential small-town community.
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